Year 1

Week Starting 14 June 2020

Hello Year One!

It was lovely to see some of you in school this week and catch up on all your news! We hope that more of you will join us next week. Remember to continue with the home learning on the days you are not at school.

We will be doing another live story time on Google Meet on Wednesday at 1:45 pm. You will need to be logged into Google in order to access the Google Meeting, please click here for instructions on how sign in. In order to sign in you will need your child’s .306 LGFL log on details which can be found on a sticker in your child’s reading diary.  If you would like to attend the live session and do not have those details please email us at with your child’s full name, class and school and we will email you back with their log on details.   Once you have logged on you will need the nickname for this week’s session, which will be: year1june17.  We will be recording the sessions for safety purposes and do ask that an adult is present with all children during these sessions. Once the story has started, please mute your microphone so everyone can hear the story being read out loud. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

When you are not at school, keep doing your fantastic home learning. We LOVE seeing your work so please keep sending photos into We had so many lovely examples this week, we put them all into a video for you to enjoy!

This week the whole trust challenge involves designing a quiz!

  • In literacy, we will start a new story called ‘Mama Panya’s pancakes’. We will learn how to make predictions and how to describe a setting and a character, using adjectives. Please note that we will be making pancakes the following week and you will need to have some flour, milk and eggs!
  • If you need to recap any sounds  you can access  the DfE Letters and Sounds YouTube videos to support you;
  • In maths, we are learning how to count in multiples of 2;
  • In science, we are learning all about reptiles;
  • In history we are learning to use artefacts to find out about the past;
  • In art, we will be designing and making some African jewellery;
Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Monday Literacy -Describing a setting using adjectives Maths -counting in multiples of 2 Science- All about reptiles
Tuesday Literacy -Making predictions about characters and events Maths – make and count multiples of 2 Art – African jewellery
Wednesday Physical Activities Whole Trust Challenge-designing a quiz Music -identify high and low pitch notes and compose a melody using them


Literacy -Describing a character using adjectives


Maths – use multiples of 2 in repeated addition History-looking at African artefacts
Friday Literacy – Grammar er and est suffixes Maths- use multiples of 2 in arrays RE – The importance of Shabbat to Jewish people

We are missing you! Enjoy your learning this week!

The Year One Team


1.Literacy warm up – sentence doctor


 1. Literacy – Mama Panya’s pancakes    

 Describing a setting using adjectives    

Our new story ‘Mama Panya’s pancakes’ is a village tale from Kenya. Some of the main events are set in an African bush market.

Watch the video of ‘Ahero an African Bush Market’ to get an experience of what it looks and sounds like in that place. It is very different from our local shops and supermarkets! Click on the following link:

Now listen to the sound background in a British supermarket.


Look at the photographs of the African bush markets and the British supermarkets.

Compare the things you can see and hear in these two settings. Use sensory adjectives to describe the places.

Challenge: Use your imagination and describe what might smell/feel different in the supermarket and the bush market.

2. Maths  – counting in multiples of 2

To download, click the link below

3. Science – All about reptiles

Over this half term we are going to be identifying and classifying different types of animals. This week we are looking at reptiles.. Use the power point below to help you develop your knowledge of reptiles and then there are some fun suggestions for activities you can do relating to reptiles. (You don’t have to do them all!)


1.Literacy warm up – phonics revision

This half term in our phonics sessions we are going to be recapping different ways to make the same sound. Today, we are focusing on the ‘ee’ sound. The three most common ways of representing this sound are ee, ea and split digraph e_e. However, y (as in mummy), ey (as in key),  e (as in be), and ie (as in chief) can also be used.

Your first challenge is to read the sheet below and identify as many different words with the ee sound as you can. This is also in the downloads if you wanted a printable copy.

Printables Altspellings Ee Phoneme Spotter

After that, we have a sorting activity for you to complete. There is a grid with all the different ways of making the ‘ee’ sound listed at the top and then some examples of words for you to cut and stick/ write in the correct column. This can also be done just using a piece of paper and a pencil. You can choose to do as many as you like but make sure you have at least 3 words in each column!

Printables Altspellings Ee Sorting Grid

Printables Altspellings Ee Sorting Words

Mama Panya’s pancakes

Lesson 2:    Making predictions about events and characters in a story based on the front cover.

Recap on what you learned yesterday about the African bush market. What is the same/different with a supermarket in our country?

Today we are going to make a prediction about our new story. Have a look at the illustration on the front cover and the title. What does it tell you about the main character(s), the setting, the main event? Use the attached document to record your ideas.

What would you like to find out about the book? Remember that questions start with special words and end with a question mark. Use the attached document to help you with question words.

Challenge: Use ‘and’ in your questions.

Watch the video of the Mama Panya’s Pancakes


Have a look at your predictions. Were they right? What was different?


2. Maths – make and count multiples of 2

To download, click the link below

3. Art- African necklaces

Necklaces have been worn across many different cultures. African jewellery in particular is often used to signify someone’s culture, or wealth. It may tell you where the person is from or about their family or how rich they are. African necklaces can come in many different styles which can be seen below.


To make your own you will need:

Paper plate

Felt pens, paints etc





How to make your necklace

  1. First, create a ‘collar’ out of a paper plate by cutting one side of the plate and removing the large circle in the center to leave the ribbed/outer rim. This should create a large ‘U’ or ‘O’ shape as seen in the pictures.
  2. You can then use rolled up pieces of patterned paper to create your own beads. Cut the pieces of paper into long thin rectangles or equilateral triangles. Slowly roll these pieces into tight spool of paper and glue the end to fix it in place. Different shaped pieces of paper can make different shaped beads.
  3. Then, decorate the main body of the necklace – the collar. Do this using your paints or pens. Use geometric shapes, bold lines and bright colours on your necklace. Add detail with beads you may have at home, rolled paper beads or even pasta to create a 3D effect.
  4. Next, to create the hanging beading create a set of holes at the bottom of the necklace. Then, cut lengths of string/thread and tie these to the holes created. If you use slightly different lengths of string/thread this will make the collar more visually interesting.
  5. Finally Add different coloured beads or painted pasta and fasten the ends.

Other images to inspire you!




1. Physical activities

Practise a 5 min Superhero kids workout!

Join in with some dance inspired by the germination and growth of spring plants… Click on the following link and select the 2nd session about bees and seeds in the spring plants unit:

bbc time to move

2. Whole Trust Challenge

Quiz Master Challenge!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the website every Friday, you might have been enjoying the quizzes set by Mr Robins.  There’s been a logos quiz, a musical intros quiz and a spot the difference quiz.  Some of the schools did a ‘teachers in their childhood days’ photo quiz – did you manage to guess any?  You and your family may have been spending some time doing family quizzes on Zoom – it’s certainly been a feature of lockdown in lots of the teachers’ houses.  Now it’s over to you!

This week’s challenge is to create a quiz.  You could keep it simple and write ten questions on a topic of your choice or you could create a photo quiz to see if your friends and family can guess the item or character from a photo showing only a small part of it.  You could write a ‘What am I?’ quiz – write 3 clues and see who can guess what or who you are.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

Name it:

What am I?

I live in the ocean.  I have 8 tentacles.  I have three hearts.  What am I?

What links…

What links Hobnob, Digestive and Bourbon?  (answer: all types of biscuit)

What links Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben?  (answer: all London landmarks)

Ms Sampson absolutely loves quizzes and is our official Pegasus Academy Trust Quizmaster – perhaps she will use one of your excellent creations for her next quiz meeting.   Don’t forget to email them to your home learning email address or post them on your blog.

Happy quizzing!

3. Music – identify high and low pitch notes and compose a melody using them

Learn about pitch and play the game ‘higher or lower’ with Miss Freeman:

Next, go to the website and log onto the student section using the following details: Username: p697849 Password: brown
Click on the box called ‘Assignments’ then on ‘Unit: Year 1 in Review, Reflect, Rewind Replay – Step 3’ and complete the following tasks.
1. Listen to Jai Ho by A. R. Rahmen and try to identify the instruments you can hear.
2. Click on ‘flexible games track’ and complete one of the challenges.
3. Go to ‘first composer’ and try making up your own melody using different pitch notes.
4. Sing the song ‘Rhythm in the Way we Walk’ the whole way through.


1.Literacy warm up – key word reading and spelling

Mama Panya’s pancakes

Lesson 3 Describing a character using adjectives

Watch again the story on the narrated PowerPoint presentation below.



Who are the main characters of the story? How can you describe them? Once you have generated some adjectives, try to extend your sentences using because, e.g.I think that Mama Panya is ______ because ___________. I know that Adika is ________ because _____________.

Challenge: Can you contrast your descriptions using the conjunction but? Mama Panya is _____ but Adika is ______.

2. Maths – use multiples of 2 in repeated addition

To download, click the link below’s

3. History-Looking at African artefacts

Lesson 1

We are learning to use artefacts to find out about the past. We are also learning to ask and answer questions related to these artefacts. Artefacts are objects made by people a long time ago, that give us some information about their past e.g. their way of life and their art.

Look at the objects on the attached pdf document ‘Artefacts’. Where do you think they come from? Why do you think that? What do you think these objects are and what material they are made of? How do you know they were made a long time ago?

Recap on Africa and its many countries. Say that there were some ancient civilisations like Ancient Egypt or the Kingdom of Benin, which produced some objects that we can now see in the museums.

Go on a virtual tour at the British Museum to explore more artefacts from the African gallery at

Activities: Observe closely the artefacts on the attached ‘See think wonder’ document. How can you describe them? What do you think they were used for? Which questions would you like to ask about these objects?

Sort out a range of artefacts into different categories according to their use e.g. clothing, jewellery, baskets & bags, dishes and cutlery, musical instruments (see attached document ‘Sorting artefacts’). For each object try to explain how you know it belongs to the category you chose. What are the clues you used?

You can follow the lesson on the presentation below:


1. Literacy – Grammar -er and -est suffixes

Join in with Miss Kaur as she explains when we use the suffixes -er and -est


2. Maths – use multiples of 2 in arrays

To download, click the link below

3. RE- The importance of Shabbat for Jewish people

Read through the attached power point with an adult to find out all about Shabbat.

Do you have a special day when you dress up in different clothes or celebrate with special food or singing? It may be your birthday or when you visit the church or mosque, or a special festival such as Christmas or Eid. Could you tell us all about it? There is a sheet to use in the downloads if you want to.

Extra Activities

1. Making a card to someone special in your life

It will be Father’s Day on Sunday 21st June. Please look at the attached documents for a simple card design ‘I love you to the moon and back’, that you can use to give to someone very special to you.

2. Outdoor Craft-creating a journey stick

Journey sticks are fun to make. They allow children to recreate the memory of a walk, or a story by attaching bits of natural materials to a stick. Please click on this link to find out more.

You can also watch a quick tutorial on YouTube.

3. French taster

We will be learning:

  • how to say the names of the different members in our family e.g. father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt
  • how to say friend
  • which determiner to use to say ‘my’

Watch the presentation below to find out more.

Then watch this song to practise some of the family words in French!

4.  Mindfulness activities

We have some more mindfulness colouring sheets for you to choose from.

5. Live story time session

We want to apologise for the technical difficulties encountered in last week’s trial session. We hope to have resolved these problems in due time for our new story. It will be hosted  by Mrs Ellis and Miss Balhadère on Wednesday 17th at 1:45 pm.The nickname for the Meet will be year1june17 .  Thank you for logging in promptly and switching off your child’s microphone and video, as soon as you are requested to do so by the teacher hosts.

6. Singing assembly – Lean on me

7. Listen to the story of ‘Mr Tiger goes wild’ read by Mrs Besong



Published on 14th June, 2020

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